Bow Tie Review: Tieroom Indiana and Maxwell
Tieroom started making men’s neckwear and accessories back in 2005 in Sweden, and it has grown to the rest of Scandinavia — Denamrk, Finland, Germany, and Norway — as well as the United Kingdom and the United States. The company sales items using the Notch label, which is designed by Tieroom co-founder Louise. Her designs bring Swedish sensibility to men’s necks.
One of the best parts is that the price point for each item is very reasonable. Bow ties are under $30 apiece. Neckties are under $40 (some as low as $29). Handkerchiefs are under $20 (some as low as $14).
The store offers items using many different fabrics, patterns, and colors. It’s hard to believe that someone could fail to find something that they would like. Further, with so many to choose from, if you really like a pattern, you can likely get it across several different items. In my case, when David asked me to pick a couple of bow ties I liked, he also sent me matching handkerchiefs. So, what do I like?One of the bow ties that I really caught my eye is the Indiana. I was drawn to its stripes of red, pink, and white. When it comes to building a bow tie collection, it is important to add ties that are distinct from what one already possesses. The Indiana certainly adds variety to my collection.
When I wore my tie for the first time, I got positive reactions. A graphic designer friend told me that she really liked it, and that says a lot for someone who should have a good sense of design for her profession. That wasn’t the only praise I got; two other people — one male, one female — also went out of their way to compliment the tie. In fact, the guy asked for a bow tie tying lesson for his upcoming wedding. The really cool thing is that the tie’s linen and silk blend made it really easy to tie without a mirror as well as teach someone. That really made me look good.The other tie I got was the Maxwell, which is a silk tie with a pink floral pattern with a dark background. I wore it a couple of days later when I was out doing some errands, and it was fun to wear. However, since I wasn’t with people I know in a very social setting like I was with the Indiana, I didn’t get as many direct reactions, but I know that there were some smiles.
Another thing that I really liked about both the Indiana and Maxwell is that the width of the blades were on the narrow side. I’ve noticed some wide blades recently, and it is easy for such ties to appear too big for their own good.
There are two main things that I would change about these ties. First, there aren’t measurements provided in the adjustable part whereas most of my bow ties have such measurements. I was able to compare the length to my other ties, but it would be nice to have that ability in the ties themselves. Second, I was so impressed by how easy it was to tie and maintain the Indiana with its linen and silk blend that I noticed that the Maxwell was slightly less cooperative. Don’t get me wrong, it tied fine, but the Indiana certainly knocks it out of the park.
In sum, Tieroom offers a wide variety of ties and accessories at reasonable prices. If the rest of their ties are like the two I got, the other ties likely have great quality.